Release Date: June 11, 2013
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Review Date: May 19, 2013
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?
As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
Disclaimer: I received this ebook courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
There are a few points in the story that cross with something that happened in the previous book, whether it's from the epilogue or somewhere else in Ten Tiny Breaths, those connections really add to the back story. On the flip side, the way that Tucker writes this installment, you can read this as a stand alone as well. For those of us who read the previous book, it's a bonus seeing the characters who started it all, but it's not mandatory.
I really enjoy K.A. Tucker's writing style, it's sharp, emotional, witty and funny at times. While I liked the writing, I did have a few complaints which kept this book from a perfect rating.
First being the ending. I really love realistic endings, weather they are sad or believable happy endings or endings that leave us to draw our own conclusions. I didn't get any of those with this book. The ending was just too happy go lucky for my taste. It was beyond unrealistic, everything jest fell into place with no consequence and that's not very gripping to me.
Second, I had a major issue with how weepy our heroine was. Livie cried over everything, and I mean everything. Yes, she's a strong person because of what she endured in her past, but the nonstop crying and self doubt was beginning to be too much for me.
Lastly, illusive love triangle of the story. My gripe is that there never really was one. Ashton, oh Ashton, why must you be so damaged? The hot and irresistible guys are always the most damaged and they always get the girl. Connor is cute, boy next door boring, and safe. We know where that leads, no where. No surprise there. I actually was a little bored with Conner's character. I kept waiting for him to do something drastically out of character, but it didn't happen.
While I had a few criticisms, I did enjoy the story overall. It was a fast read and pretty entertaining. I really felt the connection between Ashton and Livie. They had a rocky start, but I found their attraction believable and you want them together. I even found myself sometimes laughing out loud at their banter and I always welcome that.
I'll be continuing on and reading the third installment of this series, Four Seconds to Lose, which is Cain's story. If you enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths, then you'll enjoy One Tiny Lie. If you're new to K.A. Tucker, I recommend this book and series for fans of New Adult contemporary romance.
Check out the review of Ten Tiny Breaths